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John Joseph

From hardcore punk to warrior monk, John Joseph went from The Cro-Mags, the now-legendary hardcore band to being a Ironman triathlete and Hare Krishna monk. John gives a no-holds-barred account of New York’s punk underground during the genre’s Golden Age of hard drugs, non-stop violence and incredible music.


  • Born – October 3, 1962, New York
  • Height – 1.75 m
  • Spouse – n/a
  • Best Known for:
  • Books:
    • Meat Is for Pussies: A How-To Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names
    • The PMA Effect
    • The Evolution of a Cro-magnon

Alphabet City & The Cro-Mags

Few people started out in an environment as unforgiving as hardcore punk legend John Joseph.

Beaten, starved and molested in foster homes, John was a drugs mule for heroin dealers on New York’s meanest streets at the age of 14. He was shot, stabbed, survived gangland hits and saw people murdered before his eyes.

He came up hard. He survived in extreme violence and clawed his way out of the streets, inch by inch, to find his salvation in punk.

John went on to from The Cro-Mags, the now-legendary hardcore band who would gift to the world a groundbreaking fusion of thrash metal and punk.

His is not a story for the faint-hearted.

In our conversations John gives a no-holds-barred account of New York’s infamous punk underground scene.

But John’s story doesn’t end there. Along with being the lead of The Cro-Mags, John is also an Ironman triathlete and Hare Krishna monk.

Warrior Monk

And he’s also one of the stars of our documentary Ironmind, where you see John Joseph challenge me to run an Ironman on a 100% plant based diet.

John Joseph has changed my life, he helped me come to terms with my own demons and I think he’s one of the most incredible people we’ve had on our show.
In our episodes and documentary, John Joseph pulls no punches. He is always deeply funny, moving, frank and very honest about his life.

I know you’re going to love all of my time with him.

Join us as we discuss:

  • His years as a Hare Krishna warrior monk, and veganism
  • Meditation, martial arts and Cowspiracy
  • CBGB, Sly and the Family Stone, and Bad Brains
  • Navy SEAL Bud/s class, Napoleon Hill, and
  • Beastie Boys, Black Flag, and The Basketball Diaries
  • Hatha Yoga, Bhaktivedanta Manor, and Metallica
  • Bob Marley, Rastafari, and Ital food
  • Sex Pistols, Alphabet City New York, and Tompkins Square Park
  • The Clash, Ironman, and our Ironmind movie

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